New LG tablet spotted at Bluetooth SIG?
LG is going to launch a new Android tablet this year. So far we’ve heard this twice in a few months, so there’s no reason for it not to be true. If it happens, this would be the company’s first tablet since the Optimus Pad in 2011, which unfortunately didn’t sell well at all (and that may have had something to do with its pricing).
The tablet market is still growing so this makes a lot of sense (what makes less sense is why LG stood away from tablets for so long – but now that it seems to have gotten its smartphone mojo back, maybe it’s ready to step back into that game too).
The new LG tablet may have been spotted getting certified by the Bluetooth SIG. An LG V500 and V507L just passed through that organization’s testing procedure.
Why do we think this is an LG tablet? First of all, the model numbers. The Optimus Pad was also known as the LG V900, and none of the company’s smartphones have model numbers composed from the letter V followed by three numbers.
Furthermore, when LG smartphones get certified by the Bluetooth SIG, the “Design Description” bit reads something along the lines of “LG 3G Mobile Phone / LG GSM Mobile Phone / LG LTE Mobile Phone”. Not so in this case, as the V500 / V507L is described as an “LG Mobile Device”.
As for why there are two model numbers, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? One would be a Wi-Fi-only iteration of the tablet (our money is on V500), and the other will probably come with 4G LTE mobile data connectivity (this would be the V507L – what else could that “L” stand for?).
But wait, there’s more! If we aren’t reading too much into things, we may even have a rough idea about the mobile chipset that this tablet will use. See the highlighted part in the Software Version Number field in the image above? That’s incredibly close to APQ8064, which screams Qualcomm!
The well known mobile chip maker has two parts which qualify here. So we can assume that the next LG tablet will sport either a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor (APQ8064 is its official designation), or a newer Snapdragon 600 (which goes by APQ8064T). For LG’s sake, let’s hope it’s the latter.
This new tablet may be called G Pad, or G Tab, or something like that. We’re basing this on LG’s dropping of the Optimus brand from the high-end G2 which was just unveiled yesterday.
IFA in Berlin at the beginning of September would be a good place and time for the Korean company to make its new tablet official, but let’s wait and see what happens.